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Harry Murphy
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Bill Abbott also gives his workshop notes on "THE THING" away at no cost.

https://billabbottmagic.com/collections/......otes-pdf
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
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On Apr 28, 2006, Marvello wrote:
Doees anyone have any ideas where to get a suitable zombie ball for not much $?


Search for a 4 to 6 inch Northlight Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornament. Matte ones can be used directly. Glitter ones need to have a spray of clear coat so they don't shed glitter.

http://www.amazon.com/Northlight-Splendo......1M3XVN0S
http://www.amazon.com/Northlight-Hologra......6Y6Q61JC
http://www.amazon.com/Northlight-Turquoi......1M4QM0TU

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Another very cheap option is to do the floating candle. Simply take a cardboard tube, put a tea candle in end, and wrap it in wax paper. Start by lighting it, float it lit with silk in front, blow it out, and have it float under silk. You can make a double just out of candle and wax paper and vanish it ala wand shell. Great for Halloween, Harry Potter, and other themed shows.
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Hi Marvello, I admire your spunk and diy spirit. I misunderstood you, kind of, when you said you were looking for making a toilet float. Then I realized you were just looking to use the float. But what if you made a toilet float?You would be the only magician in the world. Plus with a pretty girl on it. It could be something that could start a Vegas Act. hehe.

But I want to encourage you because that idea of making something, for magic, often can be a somewhat tiring road, but ..... THE REWARDS CAN BE GREAT!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!
ringmaster
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Make a two finger control, it gives much more control and doesn't strain your hand as much.
One of the last living 10-in-one performers. I wanted to be in show business the worst way, and that was it.
Bill Hegbli
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I ran across toilet bowl floats that are copper color foam.

Just visit some stores to find them, they are very cheap as well.
Michael Baker
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A good source for plastic balls is Dollar Tree. When they start stocking Christmas stuff, grab a few. You can't beat the price.

Regarding the toilet float, it is my understanding, based on stories told by older magicians, whether true or not, that Joe Karson invented the Zombie by playing around with a toilet float and a bath towel. I heard that it started as a joke when he came out of a bathroom and did it to fool other magicians who were there.
~michael baker
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Did they have Toilets then ? Not an outhouse??
Michael Baker
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Karson patented the Zombie in 1940. Side valve flush toilets have been around for more than 100 years.
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